I'm pretty laid-back about things, so for the last 20 years I've followed a simple dictum: if it hurts, don't do it. The outcome has been that I don't usually hurt, but to achieve that I've had to give up kayaking, canoeing, upright bikes, hiking, jogging, trade shows, etc. My life is just like most of yours: full of little adaptations and little trade-offs to live with our hip arthritis, including reliance on drugs to keep the pain at bay. Recently I've started intramuscular cortisone - ahhh! Very nice! Almost like having no arthritis at all! That said, I'm really looking forward to having all (or most) of those abandoned things returned to me. When a client who'd had THR years ago casually demonstrated for me how he got in a canoe, my jaw dropped. I had forgotten human beings could actually do things like that! So I'm really looking forward to the outcome of THR. There are two in my future - I'm losing length on my right leg, so I'll be saying hello to a new right hip joint in May. Then a few months of recovery, and it's off with my left hip. I'm crazy hopeful about all this - I've read enough of the blogs here (thanks all for sharing!!!) to know the journey can be rough at times, and is decidedly non-linear, and I know the odds of infection are > 0, but doggone it, I'm so ready to have more life in my life I just about can't wait!